Foundation Staff

Lissa Gibbs

Kathy Baird

Lissa Gibbs
Executive Director

Lissa Gibbs is a highly experienced educator, producer, and non-profit administrator whose professional experience has ranged from producing educational and network broadcast documentaries to leading cultivation and grant making activities for Arizona’s oldest community-based educational foundation.  Most recently she served as the executive director of the Educational Enrichment Foundation, a community based foundation dedicated to providing direct resources for the students and teachers of Arizona’s second largest public school district.  An internationally respected media curator and non-profit administrator, Gibbs has held leadership positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson, Arizona and the San Francisco-based Film Arts Foundation (FAF), working in all areas of operations including strategic planning, communications, public relations, board relations, program development, fundraising and cultivation, membership, grant writing, and budgeting.  She has also served as a programming, production, and strategic communications consultant to such prominent institutions as the Pacific Film Archives/Berkeley Art Museum, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tampere (Finland) Film Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, and SXSW, and has taught as a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, San Francisco State University, and California College of Arts. Her work with individual artists and at non-profit organizations has earned recognition in the form of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and many other private and public funding entities as well as countless prominent individual philanthropists interested in education, the well-being of children and youth, global communications, and the visual arts.  She holds an M.A. in Design from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a B.A. in Film and English, also from UC Berkeley, including coursework in urban studies at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Italy. Additionally she holds a Single Subject CLAD/BCLAD California Teaching Credential in Secondary Language Arts which she received from Los Angeles Unified School District’s Intern Program. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, she now resides in Napa with her family.  

Kathy Baird
Associate Director

Kathy Baird serves as Associate Director, Alumni and Annual Fund Development for the Napa Valley College Foundation.  She fosters the participation of Napa Valley College alumni with the college, promoting student success and the college’s achievements.  Interacting with alumni and students, and expanding the scholarship endowment are some of Kathy’s primary interests at Napa Valley College.  She has made presentations on alumni outreach and engagement, established a reporting structure for donor relations, and is researching the correlation of community college alumni and donor giving.

Kathy is pursuing a doctorate degree in Education from Drexel University, but also considers herself to be a proud alumna of Napa Valley College.  Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts in History from U.C. Berkeley in 1985 she worked at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (California Palace of the Legion of Honor and M.H. deYoung) for six years where she was the database supervisor for membership and annual giving.  She spent some time as a substitute teacher in the Napa Unified School District.  Kathy received a Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University in March, 2013.  For the last 16 years she has supported the development efforts of the Napa Valley College Foundation.

Beyond her professional experience Kathy actively volunteers in support of pre-K – 12 education.  She served on the River School Foundation Board of Directors 2008-12, supporting strategic goals geared toward enhancing project based learning opportunities in the Napa community in an effort to close the achievement gap. 

Member of Council for Resource Development, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Network of California Community College Foundations.  Kathy is a Leadership Napa Valley Class 21 graduate, and received the first LNV John Wagenknecht Memorial Leadership award.

She and her husband Jack moved to the Napa Valley over 22 years ago to raise their family in the beautiful country setting of vineyards and orchards. They have two daughters, Monica, 22, and Molly, 20, plus 1 dog, 1 cat and 4 beehives.






Mailing Address:
Napa Valley College Foundation
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; closed on Fridays June & July
Telephone: (707) 256-7170
Fax: (707) 256-7199

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